While the off-court drama seems to have ended, Louisville men’s basketball still has an uncertain immediate future. The team already was losing senior Quentin Snider, and now the Cardinals top two scorers — Ray Spalding and Deng Adel — are departing as well.
But none of that shocks new Louisville coach Chris Mack.
“It’s not surprising,” Mack said of the departures, according to Louisville radio host Howie Lindsey. “I had very candid talks with Vince when I took the job. I was never under the illusion that either of them were returning.”
Louisville's @CoachChrisMack on Ray and Deng going pro: "It's not surprising. I had very candid talks with Vince when I took the job. I was never under the illusion that either of them were returning." Also says, they always have a home here, an invitation to work out here.
— Howie Lindsey (@howielindsey) April 9, 2018
While it’s reassuring for the fan base to know Mack was aware that he had a slight rebuild on his hands, it still has to be uneasy seeing the team’s only three scorers who averaged in the double figures last season leave all at once.
Adel led the team with 14.9 points per game, and Spalding was second in scoring with 12.3 points per contest. Spalding also led with 8.6 rebounds per game.
Including Snider, the trio combined to score 39.0 points every night. That’s a huge chunk of offense that needs to be replaced, especially considering Louisville posted only 75.6 points per game, which was ranked 122nd in the country. Those three players made up more than 51.0 percent of Louisville’s offensive production.
With much of the 2018 recruiting class already committed, the Cardinals will need to land a couple of graduate transfers to bolster their offense. Being aware of the likely departures put Mack out on the recruiting trail last week.